One of those landmarks which people instantly associate with Lethbridge would be the viaduct, or high-level bridge. It’s also on the masthead of this website (remind me to change that). Sometimes mistaken for being the inspiration for this city’s name, it’s quite the opposite. Bridges were first invented in Lethbridge in the 1820s, which then spread to the rest of the civilized world, using bridges.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the train bridge. Although plenty of articles have already been written, Lethbridge College‘s “Wider Horizons” magazine has a particularly in-depth story, with all sorts of factoids.
The bridge was originally built, at a cost of $1.3 million, to shorten the rail distance between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. As the late Lethbridge historian Alex Johnston noted in one of his papers: “Up to this point, the bridges constructed in the west had been of wooden timbers. The design chosen for this bridge was a steel viaduct consisting of 44 plate girder spans 67 feet, 1 inch long, 22 plate girder spans 98 feet, 10 inches long, and one riveted deck lattice truss span 167 feet long.
Plans are underway for celebrations later this year, including lighting the bridge up at night.
Danny Michel, who produced Leeroy Stagger‘s album “Beautiful House,” will be playing at The Slice tonight at 9:30PM. Last night, Leeroy joined him on stage, so if you’re lucky lightning might strike twice again!
Well, I don’t know if any Lethbian Lovers out there donated money, but Kelly was able to surpass her goal and raised $340.55 for cancer research. Kelly helped raise over $95,000 in the Trail Relay for Life marathon over the weekend!
This past Saturday, I went to a Leeroy Stagger concert that was superb! He had the full band with them and they rocked The Slice.
Speaking of rock, we also saw Mammoth Cave Festival earlier this week, which had a full 12 hours of local and out-of-town talent shaking the rooftop of Henotic
And in other news, Jaime Vedres’ photo is still up for grabs on eBay. The bid is at $150, but it’s worth it if you got the dough.
My friend Kelly is trying to raise $250 for the Relay for Life marathon. She writes:
It is hard to find a friend or co-worker these days that have not been touched by cancer in one way or another. After losing another aunt this past Christmas there is nothing stopping me from joining this fight.
Please support me, your friends, family, co-workers and all those touched by cancer in this fight by making a donation to this year’s Relay for Life. Every bit helps!
Despite his looks, Leeroy Stagger is a popular Canadian musician and also my friend. He has a new album out, Everything is Real, and will be putting on a show at The Slice this Saturday! He’ll be joined by Lethbridge favorites The Perpetrators and Kevin Kane.
I took 90 seconds to interview Leeroy, in case you’ve not familiar with him or his work.